Vyktor Vyktor - 1 month ago 7x
Python Question

Calling __enter__ and __exit__ manually

I've googled

but with no luck. So let's imagine I have MySQL connector class that uses
functions (originally used with
statement) to connect/disconnect from a database.

And let's have a class that uses 2 of these connections (for example for data sync). Note: this is not my real-life scenario, but it seems to be the simplest example.

Easiest way to make it all work together is class like this:

class DataSync(object):

def __init__(self):
self.master_connection = MySQLConnection(param_set_1)
self.slave_connection = MySQLConnection(param_set_2)

def __enter__(self):
return self

def __exit__(self, exc_type, exc, traceback):
self.master_connection.__exit__(exc_type, exc, traceback)
self.slave_connection.__exit__(exc_type, exc, traceback)

# Some real operation functions

# Simple usage example
with DataSync() as sync:
records = sync.master_connection.fetch_records()

Q: Is it okay (is there anything wrong) to call
manually like this?

Pylint 1.1.0 didn't issue any warnings on this, nor have I found any article about it (google link in the beggining).

And what about calling:

# Db query
except MySQL.ServerDisconnectedException:
self.master_connection.__exit__(None, None, None)
# Retry

Is this a good/bad practice? Why?


No, there's nothing wrong with that. There are even places in the standard library that do it. Like the multiprocessing module:

class SemLock(object):

    def __init__(self, kind, value, maxvalue, *, ctx):
                sl = self._semlock = _multiprocessing.SemLock(
                    kind, value, maxvalue, self._make_name(),
            except FileExistsError:

    def __enter__(self):
        return self._semlock.__enter__()

    def __exit__(self, *args):
        return self._semlock.__exit__(*args)

Or the tempfile module:

class _TemporaryFileWrapper:

    def __init__(self, file, name, delete=True):
        self.file = file
        self.name = name
        self.delete = delete
        self._closer = _TemporaryFileCloser(file, name, delete)


    # The underlying __enter__ method returns the wrong object
    # (self.file) so override it to return the wrapper
    def __enter__(self):
        return self

    # Need to trap __exit__ as well to ensure the file gets
    # deleted when used in a with statement
    def __exit__(self, exc, value, tb):
        result = self.file.__exit__(exc, value, tb)
        return result

The standard library examples aren't calling __enter__/__exit__ for two objects, but if you've got an object that's responsible for creating/destroying the context for multiple objects instead of just one, calling __enter__/__exit__ for all of them is fine.

The only potential gotcha is properly handling the return values of the __enter__ __exit__ calls for the objects you're managing. With __enter__, you need to make sure you're returning whatever state is required for the user of your wrapper object to get back from the with ... as <state>: call. With __exit__, you need to decide if you want to propagate any exception that occurred inside the context (by returning False), or suppress it (by returning True). Your managed objects could try to do it either way, you need to decide what makes sense for the wrapper object.